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An introductory textbook for those wishing to explore spirituality

RuncornDavid Runcorn, Spirituality Workbook: A Guide for Explorers, Pilgrims and Seekers (London: SPCK, 2006).

Runcorn’s Spirituality Workbook falls into five parts. The first takes a historical perspective, looking at the desert tradition and its spiritual legacy, at Anglican and Orthodox spirituality and modern expressions in the Pentecostal and evangelical traditions.

Part two explores the spiritual life in the context of community, discussing, among other things, rules of life, communion and personality types.

Part three is devoted to identity, personhood and spirituality. This includes attention to the body, sexuality and the stages of life.

The fourth part focuses on different expressions of prayer: intercession, confession and forgiveness, the role of the Spirit in Christian spirituality, liturgy, and Ignatian spirituality.

The final section discusses how Christian spirituality is lived out in the real world. Here Runcorn considers issues such as creation, spirituality in times of uncertainty and transition, prayer in a world of violence, contemplative prayer and engagement with the world, and spirituality beyond religion.

This being a workbook, each chapter features helpful suggestions for thought, prayer, activity and further reading.

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